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Twoo Cents – Breaking Through the Breach at PT Philly

August 22 – Adam Yurchick
ya
basically
i wanna be on bribery
lol

August 22 – Travis Darian Woo
ohh s**t
ill one up ya
summoners pact
THROUGH THE BREACH

August 22 – Adam Yurchick
seems good
all these combo decks are crazy

August 22 – Travis Darian Woo
no i mean
through the breach

August 22 – Adam Yurchick
we need to distill the best ones

August 22 – Travis Darian Woo
attack you with primeval titan

August 22 – Adam Yurchick
oh
s**t

August 22 – Travis Darian Woo
lol its pretty inbred

August 22 – Adam Yurchick
i just bought a playset of through the breach on modo
for .32

[draft]through the breach[/draft]

Thursday 3:30 AM

I don’t know how I got here and I don’t know how to get back. I’m standing on the abyss. I told my job I’m quitting today. My decks are getting more and more out there. Crazier and crazier. It’s 3 am and I’m up. Thinking. Playing two crazy decks against each other. She is sleeping next to me. She’s leaving for Rome for a month in about five hours. 

And I’m leaving for Philly in 5 days.

My wrist hurts because I can’t stop. I can’t stop.

This is the most extreme this deck has gotten. And I’m not proud of it. I need someone to slap me and tell me I’m wasting my time. Adam, Cedric, Ari. Somebody. Because if I don’t get stopped I’m going to keep going further and further until the plank runs out.

I look at it and I feel nothing but disgust-

[deck]1 Eye of Ugin
3 Forest
3 Verdant Catacombs
1 Breeding Pool
1 Stomping Ground
4 Misty Rainforest
4 Glimmerpost
4 Vesuva
4 Cloudpost
1 Dryad Arbor
4 Primeval Titan
4 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
4 Through the Breach
2 Izzet Signet
4 Talisman of Impulse
4 Simic Signet
4 Explore
4 Green Sun’s Zenith
4 Polymorph[/deck]

It’s so beautiful and so hideous.

PS. It’s hard to know when I’ve told too many people. Or when I haven’t told enough people. I can’t imagine hating anything more than seeing [card]Through the Breach[/card] or [card]Polymorph[/card] in a daily event. But why?

Thursday 9:30 AM

Feel fantastic! I want to be attacking with [card emrakul, the aeons torn]Emrakul[/card] on turn 3 in this format, not messing around with creatures. [card]Polymorph[/card] seems so fragile, but [card green sun’s zenith]GSZ[/card] plus [card]Polymorph[/card] is a turn 3 Emrakul by itself…

GTG to work!

Thursday 11:23 PM
Back to reality. I can hear a hundred people in my living room downstairs. But I’m busy testing the mirror. I think [card]Through the Breach[/card] breaks the mirror open but Cedric insists I play the match up a bunch. He says [card]Magus of the Candelabra[/card] is incredibly important so I’m trying to find out.

[deck]3 Forest
2 Verdant Catacombs
3 Misty Rainforest
2 Stomping Ground
1 Dryad Arbor
4 Vesuva
4 Glimmerpost
4 Cloudpost
1 Eye of Ugin
1 Mountain
1 Temple Garden
4 Overgrown Battlement
4 Primeval Titan
4 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
4 Wall of Roots
3 Sakura-Tribe Elder
1 Terastodon
1 Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre
4 Green Sun’s Zenith
1 Summoner’s Pact
4 Through the Breach
4 Talisman of Impulse[/deck]

Thursday 2:30 AM

[card]Reap and Sow[/card] is awful. [card]Expedition Map[/card] is awful. Ari was the one who helped me see that all that mattered was getting to 6 and playing [card]Primeval Titan[/card]. Neither of these cards let me do this on the third turn and that’s all that I care about. I would rather Talisman and [card]Sakura-Tribe Elder[/card].

BTW I’ve been thinking about [card]Bribery[/card]. I feel like nobody can actually play it. Most of the blue decks are pretty untuned and not that good… I mean I’m sure some people will play them, but I’m not too worried. Blue isn’t always good and this is one of those times. Also, why should I be scared of [card]Bribery[/card] when I’m the guy attacking people with Emrakul on the third turn? FEAR MEEEEE!

Friday 10 PM
I wonder if I’m even preparing in a better way- or a different way- than the past. For all of my brewing, my constructed performances are what have held me back on the Pro Tour. And I don’t want it to happen again.
I have to move all of my possessions this weekend because the in between time on lease periods coincides with the Pro Tour. I need to get cards, and I need to test.
I’ve only done a handful of M12 drafts… which I’m not too worried about. Ok, going out for a few hours!

Friday 11:30 PM
Back. I wonder how much blue there’s going to be… blue isn’t actually that good a matchup. [card]Through the Breach[/card] is by far my best card, as usual. [card]Summoning Trap[/card] would almost be like an extra copy, if not better in that matchup. Hm. It just seems way better than [card]Summoner’s Pact[/card] anyway. Also between [card]Summoning Trap[/card] and [card]Through the Breach[/card] I feel like I can beat [card]Bribery[/card] if I really have to. Time to practice draft!

Saturday 5 PM
Feel on top of the world! I am going to walk into that tournament hall like I’m going to win the Pro Tour. Just picked up the van from my brother and I’m moving all of my possessions tonight.

Question-

Do I [card]Thoughtseize[/card] my own [card]Primeval Titan[/card] against [card]Living End[/card]? =p!

Saturday 6pm

I wonder if this Swath Ascension deck is any good. The combination seems like it fixes a lot of the problems I had with both of these decks.

Did I pick my deck too early? Did I get invested before I knew what was out there? I don’t think so. I think I got an understanding, uncovered something good, and have been refining the idea. I think a ton of edge in constructed comes through having a tight deck that you understand and know how to sideboard for. It’s not a man, or a deck, but a man with a deck that wins a tournament. 

Saturday 6:35 PM

Ok, back to full on combo. This is nice to look at. [card]Cloudpost[/card] is only good because it’s casting [card Emrakul, the aeons torn]Emrakul[/card]… but what if there was an easier way to do this?

[draft]polymorph[/draft]

It’s not good enough. Obviously. I don’t want to be full on combo. That’s why I liked [card]Living End[/card]. Back up plan! Speaking of which. I have my doubts about this deck… I never had doubts about Living End. Or did I? I don’t know if any of this is a sign of anything.

Saturday 7:30 PM

Just showered. Victor is downstairs, maybe he will come with me to Cardkingdom to get cards and with me to drop off everything.
Thought while showering-

“Emrakul plus [card]Through the Breach[/card] is an INCREDIBLY powerful interaction to have between two cards I am EXCITED TO DRAW INDEPENDENTLY.”

That is the kind of combo deck I want to be playing!

Saturday 11 PM

Isn’t [card]Rule of Law[/card] just better than [card]Thoughtseize[/card] against the combo decks? It seems like most of them can’t win when it’s in play and can’t really get rid of it. They play removal for hate bears though. Could be like last Pro Tour when people hear about [card]Rule of Law[/card] at the Pro Tour and all start jamming it in their decks. I’m okay  with that because I don’t like to play against combo that much.

[draft]Rule of law[/draft]

Still missing [card emrakul, the aeons torn]Emrakuls[/card], [card]Through the Breach[/card], [card]Cloudpost[/card], and various others… I feel prepared but I don’t feel PREPARED. This is annoying. I hate not having my deck together. Although I don’t know what it is exactly. Oh, BTW why is [card]Through the Breach[/card] 2 tix on modo now?? Is it because of my friends who I’ve told and are speculating? Is it because of the other Through the Breach Deck? I don’t know why I even care but I hate the idea of leaking. Although I know I am. But if my deck is good who cares?

Saturday 11:05 PM

MWS CRITICAL ERROR!!?!?!?!? Ughhh come on! I don’t want to lose all of my lists…

Saturday 11:30 PM

Lists = gone. That’s not as bad as it sounds.

Wait, I guess Twin decks don’t care about [card]Rule of Law[/card]. And a lot of the combo decks sideboard into Twin. Also [card]Hive Mind[/card] can win through [card]Rule of Law[/card], it just takes them a [card]Lotus Bloom[/card] and some extra time. Also some Ascension lists have had [card]Cryptic Command[/card] I think, but probably not anymore. I still like [card]Rule of Law[/card] though.

Saturday 11:31 PM
Ok [card]Through the Breach[/card] is on a daily. FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!! Does this even mean anything though?

And [card]Through the Breach[/card] is sold out at 8 dollars on Starcity?? What is going onnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.

Sunday 3:54 AM

I don’t like the idea of other people playing my deck. Lol I’m such a net deck hating lone wolf. I’m hoping it’s one of my friends who is speculating. Still, I’d like some more validation. That’s okay. I trust myself.
Pro Tours are incredibly emotionally draining on me. I go from the highest of the highs to the lowest of the lows over nothing over a several week period.

She asked me the other night- what happens when I put in 100 hours, 200 hours, fly across the world… and I don’t make the second day. What then? Will I still be happy? Well, I attach my self-esteem to my results in such cases so it’s kind of hard to say no. But if Adam or Ari pick up my deck, and I bomb out, and one of them wins the Pro Tour? Gold. It’s like I won the pro tour.
There are singers and there are songwriters. Humans specialize. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. I am a songwriter. I never dreamed of winning the Pro Tour. Not once. Never. I dream of BREAKING THE FORMAT.

Sunday 10:36 AM

I can’t wait to get back from Philly, plop down onto a couch, and sink right through it. Got 8 hours at work today.

Sunday 4:21 pm

I’m on break. Cedric texted me at work and said he’s down for [card]Through the Breach[/card] after his last testing session with Birklid. We’re gonna have a pow-wow over the phone tonight to share information and consolidate a list. I’m pretty happy with where I’m at so I might be pretty inflexible but I’ll try to be open. I know we’re going to have an argument over [card]Magus of the Candelabra[/card]. I just feel like I never have time to get Magus without slowing my Titan down a turn, which isn’t worth it. Besides, between [card]Beast Within[/card] and [card]Plow Under[/card], and with me not playing Maps, I feel like it’s never going to be adding mana unless I play a Titan. I already have 4 maindeck Emrakul so I don’t necessarily need the extra mana the turn after. We’ll see though.

BTW here’s where I’m at-

[deck]1 Temple Garden
3 Misty Rainforest
3 Verdant Catacombs
3 Forest
4 Vesuva
4 Cloudpost
1 Dryad Arbor
1 Eye of Ugin
1 Mountain
1 Stomping Ground
4 Glimmerpost
3 Sakura-Tribe Elder
4 Overgrown Battlement
4 Wall of Roots
4 Primeval Titan
4 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
1 Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre
1 Terastodon
4 Talisman of Impulse
4 Through the Breach
4 Green Sun’s Zenith
1 ?
2 Summoning Trap
4 Rule of Law
4 Firespout
1 Qasali Pridemage
1 Plains[/deck] 60 12 Lands: 26, Spells: 13, Crt: 21

And here’s an interesting one from the other day-

Don’t be greedy!

Sunday 1:41 AM
So I just cleaned my whole house. Doing the final move tonight. Playing basketball for one final time this afternoon. Then going to work for one final time after that. I didn’t tell you why I’m quitting. It’s because I had to make a  choice between pursuing basketball or having extra money. What can I say, I’m a dreamer.

Ari says my deck is his number one choice. Adam is having 16 Through the Breach shipped to us. IT’S GOING DOWN! Leaving for Philly first thing in the morning tomorrow.

LIFE IS A ROLLERCOASTER.

Magic makes me [email protected]#$ing crazy. Basketball keeps me sane. There’s good to both.

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Tuesday 3:10 PM

I’m in Chicago laying over right now. I touchdown in Philly in 4 hours and Adam is picking me up. Last night he was telling me how he likes elves. I’m not the biggest fan. I feel like Zoo’s spot removal is good enough and there are so many sweepers. Curio is reverse Glimpse.

Magic has taken me a lot of places over the years. I’ve never been to Philadelphia before. I’m not sure that I’ve been in Chicago O’Hare before, but maybe. Thanks MTG! <3 I think worrying about leaks is pretty arrogant when you consider that most of the time I'm pushing decks on people and none of them get played. I guess we'll see what happens when we get to Brett Blackman's. All I know is, this week is going to be INSANE! Oh yeah, I did my first IRL draft last night. Played with the guys from Theta Xi. My maindeck duplicates were [card]Jade Mage[/card], [card]Plummet[/card], and [card]Sorin's Thirst[/card], and it was insaaaannee. I could probably have only those 3 spells and 20 lands and beat almost every deck. POST SCRIPT Philadelphia- I can barely talk after these past couple weeks. The people that I’ve met, the experiences that I’ve had, the lessons that I’ve learned: where do I begin? I feel like I could plop into a couch and digest for a month without moving. I got into Philly Tuesday night and Adam picked me up from the airport with his friend Max Pincus. Brett’s turned out to be unbelievable. I’ve never had an experience like that. It was filled with gamers talking theory and playing out matches. Some of us worked on the LCQ, some of us worked on modern. There was a lot of trash talking and I did my best to not wear a shirt or pants the entire week. It felt like the whole time I sat in the same spot playing my Breach Post deck against everyone’s brews and crushing them. I knew no one would play the deck but Adam, and I knew Adam was going to play the deck. He played with every other deck and made a bunch of his own brews, but really he was just working his way back to where I started when I got there. We had plenty of time though, so that was okay. Ari eventually told me he jumped off the deck over facebook chat, and I didn’t hear from Cedric so I assumed the same. I took a break each day to go to the park across from Brett’s house to play basketball. The Philly air is really heavy and humid which is unlike the dry air of Seattle, and it was easy to get a sweat going in the dark. I met and played with some cool locals from Philly and got some guys from the house down there too. Christian Calcano turns out to be a bit of a chucker, which is kind of awesome. He was going to score whether it took him 1 shot or 90. No one remembers the misses anyway. One big problem with the house was the lack of MODO. The main thing I really needed to work on was draft, and I didn’t get the opportunity. Brett’s wireless was messed up and the ethernet didn’t work on any of our computers. The MODO on Brett’s computer didn’t work for whatever reason, so we could never get it going. I was left talking about the format with some people who probably did just as many drafts as me. It was okay though. I wasn’t there to win the tournament, I was there to break it! Wednesday night we had an old school player party in Brett’s backyard. His mom cooked spaghetti and threw together a salad for all of us, which was really sweet. We had some Frenchies and some Israelis and we talked about the metagame and how we liked the various decks. That night I played some standard SplinterTwin against Mono Red to help Chad Kastel prepare for the LCQ. It seemed impossible for me to win, but maybe I just didn’t know how to do it. Chad had all kinds of removal for [card deceiver exarch]Exarch[/card] and I didn’t always have time to get both pieces and the back up. At about midnight Adam finally came around and got excited. 

We started playing games and one of the first things he did was add [card]Beast Within[/card], which was incredible. The deck was really good but it sometimes had trouble with individual permanents on the other side of the board- [card]Inkmoth Nexus[/card], [card]Pyromancer Ascension[/card], [card]Pyromancer’s Swath[/card], [card]Deceiver Exarch[/card], [card]Cloudpost[/card], and so on. These decks really relied on individual permanents so [card]Beast Within[/card] gave us a way to interact with the match ups that weren’t as easy. When I saw that [card]Beast Within[/card] was good against even the creature decks I came around and put in a play set.

Max Pincus started throwing out ideas and a lot of them weren’t useful, but eventually he came up with the idea of [card]Grove of the Burnwillows[/card] in the maindeck, which led to the idea of [card]Punishing Fire[/card] in the sideboard. In general I have a problem of making my manabases too painful and Max pointed out that I could take less damage without losing any consistency. When I started thinking about how good [card]Punishing Fire[/card] was against Elves, Affinity, Melira, Poison, and others, I signed up for a full set in the sideboard. Wednesday night we crashed out at 5am satisfied.

On Thursday we went to the site to put our decks together, draft, scout, and cheer for our friends in the LCQ. The fastest way there turned out to be past 12th and Locust. No joke! I wish I had taken a picture.

When I was getting my cards from the Cardhaus booth Narayan Cook, a friend from Seattle, told me that Jesse Hampton was looking for me. I shipped him my list while in Seattle and had forgotten about it, but apparently he had gotten the deck together. Eventually I bumped into him and we took a walk and talked about all the changes. It was good to have another mind on the problem.

Cedric showed up at some point, and told me he was on the poison deck. At that point I didn’t take the deck seriously at all. I still told him that I wouldn’t show him my sideboard because we would probably end up playing in top 8.

We worked on the board a bit more that night. We wanted something for combo and something that could blow out the mirror at four mana. We didn’t find the four mana card (which I think is [card]Sarkhan Vol[/card]) and we ended up settling on [card]Chalice of the Void[/card] for our combo match ups. I think a major mistake we made was putting cards in our sideboard for our already good match ups. If I had to do it again I would have done a better job of identifying the bad match ups and making them easy, rather than worrying at all about making the easy match ups easier.

At like 1 am we heard that Chad had rattled off 8 consecutive wins after losing the first round in the grinder. The guys in the house brewed him a pretty sick zoo list. Everything in the deck cost 1 except for [card]Dark Confidant[/card] and [card]Tribal Flames[/card]. That’s right, no [card]Tarmogoyf[/card]. They also put in [card]Thoughtseize[/card]. I didn’t get a chance to watch any of Chad’s modern games but if you’re going to play Zoo I think that’s a good way to do it.

Before I talk about the tournament I want to thank all the people that helped me put the deck together. It was not at all a one-man job. I trusted in the advice of countless others and I would start making a list but it would go for two pages and I would still miss some important names. Thank you guys! <3 Also, I want to point out that even if I got a lot of credit for the BreachPost deck in the coverage, there were a couple other teams that had been preparing decks with the card, and some of them were really, really similar. The card is Show and Tell, so it’s not a surprise to me that other people found it. BreachPost

[deck]4 Cloudpost
1 Dryad Arbor
1 Eye of Ugin
3 Forest
4 Glimmerpost
4 Grove of the Burnwillows
2 Misty Rainforest
1 Mountain
1 Stomping Ground
4 Vesuva
4 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn

4 Overgrown Battlement

4 Primeval Titan

1 Sakura-Tribe Elder

1 Terastodon

1 Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre

4 Wall of Roots
4 Beast Within

4 Green Sun’s Zenith

4 Gruul Signet

4 Through the Breach
1 Brooding Saurian

2 Chalice of the Void

2 Dismember

4 Firespout

3 Punishing Fire

1 Qasali Pridemage

2 Seal of Primordium[/deck]

Pro Tour Philadelphia 2011

The tournament went awesome. Adam, Jesse, and I all got feature matches, and we all won. Here is a funny story of my match against Shouta Yasooka:

Shouta is playing a WUBG Aether Vial hate bear deck with [card]Thoughtseize[/card], [card]Path to Exile[/card], [card]Dark Confidant[/card], [card]Tarmogoyf[/card], and more. I won the first game with Breach Emrakul. In the second game, I was all set to hit 6 mana on the fourth turn and cast a [card]Primeval Titan[/card] off of a [card]Misty Rainforest[/card]. During my draw step he stopped me and [card]Vendilion Clique[/card]d my Titan to the bottom of my deck. I drew my new card, turned it over face up, and immediately threw it on the table because it was a new [card]Primeval Titan[/card]! The crowd loved it, and they loved it even more when Shouta backed me up and vialed in an [card]Aven Mindcensor[/card] in response to my Misty Rainforest activation, I hit the forest, and the game was pretty much over. Morals of this story- I can’t be stopped, hate critters are really situational, and make sure your deck can actually deal with a 6/6!

I went 3-2 with the deck, losing to myself in the 5th round against the Fair Fight Faeries deck that was featured. I think it was an easy matchup because of my [card]Punishing Fire[/card]s but I let myself lose by keeping a 6 land hand. I am so bad with keeping hands IRL sometimes. I would mulligan a lot better if I could just push a little button and have a fresh new 6, instead of having to shuffle for two minutes thinking about how I was down a million cards. I just want to get the game started!

The draft seemed to go okay. In the second pack I got [card]Fireball[/card], [card]Overrun[/card], [card]Chandra’s Outrage[/card], [card]Cudgel Troll[/card], and [card]Acidic Slime[/card]. It turns out most of those cards aren’t that good and now I understand why David Ochoa hates green so much. Green grosses me out. [card]Cudgel Troll[/card] is worse than [card]Gorehorn Minotaurs[/card], [card]Aether Adept[/card], and other common creatures.


A real stinker!

I stared off by playing against Marijn Lybaert (who a judge called “Martian” and asked if his name was spelled correctly), lost in 3, and found myself on the brink against Orrin Beasley.

In the first game I mulliganned on the play and looked at a hand of

[draft]Forest
Forest
Forest
Mountain
Mountain
Chandra’s Outrage[/draft]

He kept his 7, and I tanked. I eventually decided to keep. I was a huge handicap either way, and I got rolled, which wasn’t too surprising.

In the third game on the draw I was looking at-

[draft]Forest
Llanowar Elves
Fireball
Chandra’s Outrage
Stampeding Rhino
Reclaim[/draft]

Okay, so there were some loose ones in my deck. He kept his 7 again and I tanked again. I decided to keep which was probably a mistake. Winning from 5 is really hard, but it’s not impossible. I got rolled again and I was out.

Adam also bombed out of draft, which left Jesse as our sole flag-bearer. He ended up losing the last round to fall to 6-2.

During the day I got a chance to goldfish with Zaiem Beg’s poison deck, which supposedly had a goldfish of 2.8. The designer was the guy who had beaten Jesse in round 8 and there were a couple identical copies in the tournament, including one in the hands of Sam Black. The deck felt really unfair with all the cheap and sometimes free counterspell protection and all the selection. Still, I didn’t like the deck too much because it was so vulnerable to zoo, which was still represented.

Missing the second day didn’t feel too bad because the deck was doing great overall, and I had gotten an opportunity to show it off in a deck tech with Brian David-Marshall.

You don’t need to win matches to do well at a magic tournament, and you don’t need to do well at a magic tournament to feel good. Winning is awesome but attaching your self-esteem to chance is a pretty horrible idea if you want to be a balanced human being. I worked hard, so I felt good.

Jesse Hampton’s Trophy Run

I slept in hard Saturday and showed up in time to catch Jesse starting off modern after streaking 3-0 through draft. Watching my deck winning in his hands was pretty awesome. It wasn’t too much worse than me doing it myself. I didn’t feel like I was on the sidelines one bit.
I’ve been playing with Jesse a long time and I’m not surprised to see him do as well as he did because he’s been killing in Seattle. He knocked me out of States in the semifinals last year when I was playing with my [card]Genesis Wave[/card] deck. He’s the type of guy who always looks unbelievably griefed even when he’s demolishing you. It’s the mark of a true champion.

I watched him beat SplinterTwin piloted by his roommate Andres (baconator) which was nice. We thought SplinterTwin might be a bad match-up going into the tournament so we threw in [card]Dismember[/card]s last minute. In retrospect I would stack up on [card]Spellskite[/card]s to make it even easier.

Jesse kept winning and drew the last rounds. I rail-birded the whole time. It didn’t feel surreal, it just felt like justice. None of us were overcome by joy either. It was definitely exciting, but the quest was winning the Pro Tour, and nothing else. I asked Jesse- if he won, could I hang onto the trophy for him? He said he didn’t really care and he’d think about it.

Top 8

We were pretty disappointed about Jesse’s top 8 match up. It was Sam Black with the mono blue poison deck, and we didn’t have very many ways to interact with it in the first game. It was potentially the worst draw in the whole tournament, and not something we had really prepared for. We got down to business on site, and I took the helm of the poison deck (with Jonny Magic taking the helm of my deck for their contingent). It was about seven or eight games before Jesse won his first one, and those were all with him on the play.

The poison deck is completely bonkers, and definitely has the fastest goldfish of anything I had seen in the tournament. We racked our brains and tried a variety of sideboard plans. We eventually decided that the way for our deck to win was to play for a longer game and try to destroy all of Sam’s 8 infectors over time. Basically the nut opener would look something like-

[draft]Punishing Fire
Seal of Primordium
Beast Within
Grove of the Burnwillows
Vesuva
Cloudpost
Stomping Ground[/draft]

We were eventually starting to win some games, but Jesse was pretty pessimistic. I tried to be the voice of optimism. It was a tough match-up, but we would find a way. After all, Sam was just playing a combo deck, and his deck had a chance to stumble.

A critical point in our sideboarding decision hinged on whether we leave in the full amount of [card]Through the Breach[/card] and [card emrakul, the aeons torn]Emrakul[/card]. We had started by cutting it, but after thinking for a while, realized it was one of our more realistic ways of winning. We might need to be an end-step control deck and [card]Through the Breach[/card] gave us a way to win without tapping out during our main phase.

As our cab sped back to the Blackman’s we drove past Jesse walking alone back to his hotel room. I yelled at him “Don’t cut [card]Through the Breach[/card]!” He didn’t say anything.

I slept in and got there in time for the second game. They had picked to feature Jesse and Sam on the big screen and Jesse had lost the first game. I found out later that there was a line of play that allowed Jesse to potentially win that game. In the second game it looked like Jesse had it locked up but Sam drew the third [card]Blighted Agent[/card] on the crucial turn. The camera switched to some other match-up and I went to railbird.

It seemed like everyone else thought the match was impossible and that Jesse couldn’t win but I knew better. I watched him quietly take down the third game off of [card]Punishing Fire[/card] and a hasty [card emrakul, the aeons torn]Emrakul[/card]. The fourth game never got going, with Sam killing really quickly with [card]Pact of Negation[/card] backup.

Was I happy? Sure, I suppose. It was quite an accomplishment for all of us that were involved, and one of the highlights of my (and Jesse’s) magic career. Yeah, I’d say I’m happy. But not satisfied. Only a fool would be satisfied. We came to win the tournament.

Overall, the [card]Chalice of the Void[/card]s in the sideboard were pretty useless and rarely came in. There were so many kinds of combo and I don’t think Chalice was particularly good against most of them. I would cut them for [card]Spellskite[/card]s if I had to do it over again. Three [card]Spellskite[/card]s in the board, and Jesse wins the Pro Tour.

Take This Deck to Your Next Modern Tournament

[deck]4 Cloudpost

1 Dryad Arbor

1 Eye of Ugin
3  Forest

4 Glimmerpost

4 Grove of the Burnwillows
2 Misty Rainforest

1 Mountain

1 Stomping Ground
4 Vesuva
4 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
4 Overgrown Battlement

4 Primeval Titan

1 Sakura-Tribe Elder

1 Terastodon

1 Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre

4 Wall of Roots
4 Beast Within

4 Green Sun’s Zenith

4 Gruul Signet

4 Through the Breach
1 Sarkhan Vol
3 Spellskite

2 Firespout
4 Punishing Fire

1 Qasali Pridemage

2 Seal of Primordium[/deck]

So why did our Cloudpost deck succeed when every other deck failed? Simple. This isn’t a Cloudpost deck at all!

We are faster

Every card in the deck is focused on casting [card]Through the Breach[/card] or [card]Primeval Titan[/card] on the third turn. I cut every card that slowed this down. [card]Expedition Map[/card], [card]Sylvan Scrying[/card], [card]Ancient Stirring[/card], and other cards are good at winning long games against control decks, which don’t exist. We cast [card]Through the Breach[/card] on the third turn and we cast [card]Primeval Titan[/card] on the third turn more than any other [card]Primeval Titan[/card] deck.

We are more resilient to hate

We don’t use [card]Cloudpost[/card] to power our mana until we stick a Titan. We power our mana with walls, mostly. This means we are resilient to hate cards like [card]Molten Rain[/card] and [card]Blood Moon[/card]. Also, through the Breach trumps almost any hate card anyone can throw at us.

We interact

[card]Beast Within[/card] gives us a way to interact with creature and combo opponents when we aren’t going to be faster. A lot of these decks rely on one crucial permanent, and a [card]Beast Within[/card] in the first game goes a long way towards buying enough time to win. [card]Beast Within[/card] also fits great with our sideboard plans, which often involve turning into a control deck.

Sideboarding in your first tournament

There are so many decks in modern that I can’t list everything, but here are some crafty sideboard plans in a sample tournament to get you started. Also, for those curious, [card]Sakura-Tribe Elder[/card] is going to be cut every post sideboard game to make space. It is in the maindeck for more color consistency. It might be right to cut the card, but I haven’t decided what I would do. You can. Let’s battle!

Round 1- Mono Green Cloudpost- Kyle Boggemes

Out- [card]Sakura-Tribe Elder[/card] In- [card]Sarkhan Vol[/card]

Try to dodge [card]Plow Under[/card]s by stocking up on walls. Try to cast [card]Through the Breach[/card] before Kyle can resolve [card]Primeval Titan[/card].

Round 2- Counter Kitty- Josh Utter-Leyton

Out- 2 [card]Beast Within[/card]. 1 [card ulamog, the infinite gyre]Ulamog[/card], 1 [card]Sakura-Tribe Elder[/card] In- 2 [card]Firespout[/card], 2 [card]Dismember[/card]

Look out for [card]Gaddock Teeg[/card] and counters out of the board and you should be fine. Consider bringing in [card]Punishing Fire[/card] and trimming down on the Breach combo if it looks like Josh is willing to play a more controlling game.

Round 3- SplinterTwin- Samuele Estratti

Out- 4 [card]Through the Breach[/card], 3 [card]Emrakul, the Aeons Torn[/card], 1 [card]Sakura-Tribe Elder[/card] In- 2 [card]Dismember[/card], 3 [card]Spellskite[/card], 1 [card]Qasali Pridemage[/card], 2 [card]Seal of Primordium[/card]

Don’t get your Emrakul tapped in the first game. After that, try to invest mana in combo stoppers while you proceed with the Titan plan.

Round 4- Mono Blue Poison- Sam Black

Out- 4 [card]Green Sun’s Zenith[/card], 3 [card]Overgrown Battlement[/card], 1 [card]Wall of Roots[/card], 1 [card]Sakura-Tribe Elder[/card], 1 [card]Terrastadon[/card], 1 [card ulamog, the infinite gyre]Ulamog[/card], 1 [card]Primeval Titan[/card] In- 3 [card]Spellskite[/card], 2 [card]Dismember[/card], 1 [card]Firespout[/card], 4 [card]Punishing Fire[/card], 2 [card]Seal of Primordium[/card]

Play the control game. Sam only has 8 infect creatures, and we have a lot of ways to keep them down. Look for opportunities to play [card]Vesuva[/card] as [card]Inkmoth Nexus[/card].

Round 5- Combo Elves- Pick Your Enemy

Out- 4 [card]Beast Within[/card], 1 [card]Sakura-Tribe Elder[/card], 1 [card]Terastadon[/card] In- 2 [card]Firespout[/card], 4 [card]Punishing Fire[/card]

We can win with either a quick Emrakul or a quick Firespout or Punishing Fire. Consider mixing it up by bringing in [card]Beast Within[/card] for the [card]Cloudstone Curio[/card].

Round 6- Ascension Combo- Max Sjoblom

Out- 1 [card]Sakura-Tribe Elder[/card], 1 [card]Emrakul, the Aeons Torn[/card], 1 [card]Wall of Roots[/card] In- 1 [card]Qasali Pridemage[/card], 2 [card]Seal of Primordium[/card]

The first [card]Green Sun’s Zenith[/card] is reserved for [card]Qasali Pridemage[/card]. The game plan is kill the enchantment and you should be fine.

Round 7- ID with LSV into top 8

Be sure to offer the hand shake.

Quarterfinals- Who cares?

I’m just happy to be here. =D

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